St. An­thony’s Saints win bronze at home tour­ney

The Drumheller Mail - - SPORTS - Pa­trick Ko­lafa The Drumheller Mail

The St. An­thony’s ju­nior A girls vol­ley­ball team earned a bronze medal at its home tour­na­ment.

On Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 21, the Saints hosted Trochu, Delia and the new Wheat­land Cross­ing School in a tour­na­ment. They ended up fac­ing Trochu in the bronze medal match, and found them­selves down after the first set, but pulled to­gether to win the match.

“We got off to a slow start in the bronze medal game, los­ing the first set, and I have to say that I was re­ally con­cerned about pos­si­bly fin­ish­ing last in our own tour­na­ment,’ said coach David Easter. “How­ever, the girls bat­tled as hard as they have at any point this sea­son – many of them play­ing with in­juries – and were able to come from be­hind in the se­cond set to win it. That re­ally showed the char­ac­ter of our team by fight­ing back against that ad­ver­sity, both on the court, and on the bench by cheer­ing on the girls on the floor and being ready to jump in when I called on them for a sub.”

The team has been im­prov­ing all sea­son and their suc­cess is backed by strong serv­ing.

“Our serv­ing has def­i­nitely been a strong point all year, and the pass­ing con­tin­ues to im­prove as we go,” said Easter. “Our big fo­cus for the next while is go­ing to be on court po­si­tion for both of­fense and de­fense, as there are times that we get caught out of po­si­tion and it re­ally hurts us. Try­ing to elim­i­nate ball-watch­ing is also a big ob­jec­tive for us. Hit­ting/spik­ing con­tin­ues to be a work in progress, and we are start­ing to see some good ag­gres­sive smashes to win points.”

This week­end the Saints are in Three Hills for tour­na­ment play. After that, they have two reg­u­lar sea­son games ver­sus Hanna and Mor­rin. Cham­pi­onship night for the league is on Thurs­day Novem­ber 3. If they qual­ify, zones are on Novem­ber 11 and 12.

Mailphoto by Pa­trick Ko­lafa

The Saints earned a bronze medal at its home tour­na­ment last Fri­day on their home court.

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